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Great instant read thermometer, but you might need reading glasses!,
This review is from: Taylor 5988 CLASSIC Instant Read 1" Dial Thermometer (Kitchen)
This is a great "instant read" thermometer. I've had it for years and it works quickly and seems accurate enough when I've done comparisons with other thermometers (nothing scientific about my process). This thermometer took 8 seconds to tell me my water was 160 degrees. I also use it for meat temp checking when roasting, etc. I haven't timed those, but I don't feel like it takes very long. So, to me this is pretty darn "instant". I don't even bother with sticking a "real" meat thermometer in my turkey or roast anymore - it's easier to just stick this instant thermometer in for a check.
The only issue with this product is that the dial is extremely small. If you are like me and need reading glasses, you will need them to read this dial. :) On the other hand, I think that the small dial is why the temp can be registered so quickly. To solve the small dial reading problem, I tried the "Taylor Anti-Microbial Instant Read Thermometer with Extra Large Dial" (Taylor model # 8018). That is a terrible thermometer (see my review for it), don't bother with it. I don't know what the solution is to the small dial/readability issue, but I ding this one star for that issue.
Do yourself a favor and stick with this good small dial version instead - and just put on the reading glasses! :)